Add-On Programs

Available from September-May.

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  • TERRIFIC TURTLES! (PRE K– 5th Grade)

    Learn about turtle anatomy, behavior and the differences between tortoises, water turtles and sea turtles. Understand their unique adaptations and commonalities, and then go out into the Aquarium and compare them to their sea turtle cousins. Find out what makes these shelled reptiles so special. Visit with CMA’s Russian tortoise animal ambassador. This program is $2.95 per student and lasts 45 min.

    SEA TURTLE PATROL (PRE K– 5th Grade)

    Discover Florida’s fascinating and endangered reptile the sea turtle. Engage in a sea turtle nesting activity, and discuss the hazards that these animals face. Using real skulls and shells to demonstrate, students will learn the needs and habitat requirements of a sea turtle. This program is $2.95 per student and lasts 45 min.

    MARINE BIOLOGY 101 (K– 8th Grade)

    Learn marine biology 101 as you climb the phylogenetic tree and get an introduction to some of the animals that call Clearwater Marine Aquarium home. Discuss animal adaptations and strategies necessary for survival in different habitats. Examine the life cycles, environment, and feeding methodologies of various marine animals using touch to explore biofacts and live touch tank invertebrates. This program is $2.95 per student and lasts 45 min.


    In cooperation with Hanger Clinic learn about the chemical, biological, physical, and mathematical processes behind the most famous tail in the world as we walk step by step through the Hanger Clinic’s process as they created a tail for an orphaned dolphin injured in a crab trap line. From geometric design to the physics of water.This program is $2.95 per student and lasts 45 min.



    Discover the meaning of sustainability and identify the impact human activity has on the environment. Learn how you can live a sustainable lifestyle and what Clearwater Marine Aquarium is doing to improve its footprint. See sustainability in-action through Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s innovative aquaponics system which combines aquaculture and hydroponics in an integrated system to benefit our rescued animals. This program is $2.95 per student and lasts 45 min.


    Explore how scientists investigate the natural world through examples of dolphin research. Step into the role of a dolphin researcher as students learn about Clearwater Marine Aquarium’s efforts to better understand the wild population of dolphins in our surrounding area through dorsal fin identification. This program is $2.95 per student and lasts 45 min.


    Unlock the secrets of our atmosphere as we discuss tropical storms and hurricanes from how they form to the destruction they can bring. We’ll focus on hurricane formation and tracking as your students transform into mini-meteorologists, watching over Hurricane Leroy. This program is $2.95 per student and lasts 45 min.

    LOOK INSIDE: THE SQUID! (6th–12th Grade)

    Join us as we explore the internal and external anatomy of a squid as you participate in an interactive dissection. Learn about the special adaptations these creatures possess to help them survive and hunt in the dark. Discover the important place squid hold in the food chain and which animals enjoy squid as a part of their diet here at CMA! This program is $7.95 per student and lasts one hour.

  • (Please note the minimum per program is 10 students and the max. is 50. For groups over 50, additional programs can be booked consecutively or simultaneously in separate classroom groups based on classroom availability)
    (Programs can be booked at or after 10:00 A.M. Consecutive programs require a 15-minute reset period in between.)
  • Admission is required to independently tour the aquarium. Group admission prices are available for school groups of 10 or more.
  • This inquiry submission does not confirm your reservation. An Education team member will reach out to the listed contact shortly regarding program availability on your requested date(s). Please note that all programs must be paid in full two weeks prior to the program date to hold your reservation.

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